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  • Mike last served as Superintendent of Schools for the Escondido Union School District (22,000 ADA) in San Diego County until June of 2006.
  • He also served as superintendent of the Santa Barbara High School District, Santa Barbara Elementary School District, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and the Charter Oak Unified School District. Mike served a total of 23 years as a California Superintendent.
  • Mike was the 2005 AASA California Superintendent of the Year. He was also honored as the 2008 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education.
  • Mike has held positions of Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Teacher and Coach. In addition, he was an adjunct faculty member at California State University, San Marcos.
  • Mike received his masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Science degree at Northern Arizona University.
  • Mike’s doctoral dissertation, Communication Techniques Used by Superintendents with the Governing Board, has been replicated several times and serves as a guide for many current superintendents.
  • Mike has been a partner with Leadership Associates since 2006 assisting many Boards with superintendent searches and conducting workshops and training for new Board Members.
  • Mike is married and has three children and three grandchildren. The Castons live in Escondido, California.